This partnership with MaxIQ Space chooses high school students from across the continent to be involved in an intensive program where students design, build and, for certain missions, launch satellites into space. This unique opportunity is entirely virtual, with each student receiving a STEM kit and engaging in virtual workshops delivered by space education specialists. Each workshop comprises lessons, practical activities, assignments and experiments.
This will be the third year Intelsat has partnered with MaxIQ Space, inspiring a love of space among teens across the African continent.
“Encouraging students to pursue STEM careers is Intelsat’s way of helping to develop Africa’s next generation of scientists, engineers and space enthusiasts,” said Hans Geldenhuys, Intelsat director of sales, Africa. “We are honored to play a role in the MaxIQ Space program for now our third year.”
Intelsat will sponsor 30 scholarships for the Space STEM program for candidates who successfully meet the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 14 and 18
- Live on the African continent
- Demonstrate a passion for and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
- Have a clear interest in all things “Space”
- Have access to the internet through a smart device with browser capability
- Have browser skills
- Are proficient in English
To apply, applicants must complete an online form and space-related quiz and submit a short explanation of why they should be selected for this unique program. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2022.
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About MaxIQ Space
MaxIQ Space’s rapid hardware development platform is specifically designed and manufactured for STEM applications in schools and universities. Using commercial standard electronics components, students are able to design and build circuits, code using multiple formats and conduct experiments, without specialist equipment or lab.
MaxIQ Space’s programs are developed to remove barriers to participation in the growing STEM academic field and economy. Through building, experimenting, and creating working electronic devices, crafters, students, and tinkerers learn critical STEM skills, including coding, electronics, data gathering and analysis, control, and all the principles of Internet of Things (IoT), while engaging with the sensory environment around them.
This approach uniquely bridges the virtual worlds of software, the cloud, and big data, with students’ real-world surroundings. MaxIQ Space is recognised globally as the leader in Space STEM projects having launched over eighty student satellites, with planned launches into the future.